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Pagoda Dogwood Tree

Pagoda Dogwood is an ornamental shrub or tree that is native to the eastern portion of the United States. Horizontal branches give this plant its name. This growth habit gives a unique look of layers to the tree.

It can be grown as a standard tree or as a cluster of trunks. Clusters of showy white flowers appear in early summer, scenting the air with a lovely floral fragrance. White berries replace the flowers. They gradually turn into a dark blue black color when ripe.

These berries attract over 98 types of wild birds who love to feast on the berries. If the birds leave any, these edible berries can also be made into jelly or juice.

Landscaping With The Pagoda

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Pagoda Dogwood is normally an understory tree, sheltering nicely beneath taller oaks and maples. This dogwood likes a nice partially shady spot. It makes a lovely specimen tree. It also looks nice in a mixed border as long as you give it enough space to grow.

Mass plantings look wonderful. Depending on how you want to use this shrub, you can train it to be either a tree or a bush. This dogwood naturalizes easily and looks best near woods, shaded waterways or near woodland plants.

This tree will attract lots of wild birds like thrushes, vireos, sparrows and mockingbirds to the garden. Butterflies are attracted to the clusters of flowers.

Care And Planting Tips

Pagoda Dogwood prefers partial shade. Full sun is tolerated if the weather is not too hot or dry. This dogwood grows best in cooler climates. Water it regularly to keep it moist.

This plant can be propagated from softwood or hardwood cuttings as well as from seed. To gather seed, berries must be protected from birds. This tree may be susceptible to powdery mildew, canker, blight, bacterial leaf spot and mushroom root rot.

Watch for infestations of thrips, root knot nematodes, leafhoppers, aphids, scale, sawfly, weevils and twig borers. Pagoda Dogwood tolerates windy climates and alkaline soils. This plant is somewhat short-lived as shrubs go, but new growth can always be encouraged.

Where to Buy Online

Nature Hills Nursery carries the Pagoda dogwood. Click here for more info or to buy your Pagoda.

Pagoda Information

  • Scientific Name: 'Cornus alternifolia'

  • Best Soil: Moist and well drained

  • Light: Part shade only

  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

  • Foliage: Deciduous; green

  • Bloom: Fragrant white flowers in early summer

  • Fall Color: Purple, red, yellow

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 15 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 30 feet wide

  • Pruning: Suckers can be pruned or layered to create more trees

  • Watering: Regular watering schedule required

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8

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